The Q&A Archives: Deep Shade Perennials

Question: I have deep shade on the North side of my house. It gets NO Sun. I would like ideas of plants to plant. I have considered hostas and coral bells. I would like some other ideas. Also, was wondering if Liriope (Monkey Grass) does well in deep shade. Thanks

Answer: Hostas, especially the "blue" hostas would be a good choice for deep shade. The variegated hostas will bring some foliage contrast to help lighten the look of the area. Liriope will grow there, as will mondo grass (Ophiopogon). Also consider ferns. Some additional perennials to consider would include Aruncus (Goatsbeard), Epimedium, Dicentra, Cimicifuga (Bugbane), Tiarella, Tricyrtis, and Polygonatum (Solomon's Seal). Heuchera or coral bells would prefer some direct sun or at least bright dappled light all day, in my experience it does not grow well in deep shade. If you like their look, you might try Heucherella which is a bit more shade tolerant (it is a cross between Tiarella and Heuchera.) I hope this gives you some ideas.

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